Can you afford to fly private?

Can you afford to fly private?!
When the average person thinks about private jet travel, they probably imagine that they would have to be a millionaire to afford it. They usually envision a large corporate jet and the luxurious lifestyle that goes with it.. Movies, TV shows, and basically all media portrays a certain image. Maybe even some of my blogs have depicted only the rich and famous flying around on a Private plane. I feel the need to clear up what it actually means to ” fly private” and the demonstrate the fact that a middle class person as well as companies NOT on the fortune 500 list, can also afford to travel in this fashion.
Here is some basic info you may want to know if you are considering chartering a private plane for a special occasion or business trip..
Let’s say *Bob wants to take a trip with his buddies from LA to Vegas for a fun weekend. Maybe a special event such as a birthday, a marriage proposal, bachelor party, or even that important business trip where time is of the essence… Wouldnt it be perfect to take a private jet there? I bet you didn’t know that you could take an Executive turboprop such as a Kingair,or Pilatus for a little over $1,000 an hour?! Flying short distances ( within a few hours or under 1200 miles), a turboprop , light jet such as a Learjet, beech jet, or citation ultra would cost you approx $1,300-$2,500 an hour. These seat anywhere from 4 to 8 passengers..sometimes 9.
There is No flight attendant on board but the planes are sleek, attractive and fast. You can arrive in style with no hassle from the airlines, no waiting in lines, and little to no chance of cancelations and delays..
If you wish to bring along more friends, want a little more room, or fly a
Little further ( let’s say 3-4000 miles), a Hawkerxp, or Citation excel will cost you on average $2,500-3,000 an hour. So, Traveling cross country is definitely doable and won’t cost you your life savings. If it’s a business trip, the tax right off is well worth it, not to mention the time you save in arranging your own departure and landing times…and as we all know..” Time is money”!
In case you were wondering, all of these planes do have a bathroom of some sort. You can bring or arrange any catering you wish, and your luggage will not be ransacked by security personal.
In all honesty, Traveling private “worldwide” is really where the prices go up. Larger planes ( large cabin jets) such as a Gulfstream, Legacy or Challenger,ranges in price from $4,000- $7,000 an hour . In addition, foreign landing fees, overnight airplane parking rates, and crew fees can significantly elevate the overall prices when flying out the country. These planes also typically use a flight attendant for service and that is added cost of approx 400-500 a day. Having said all that, if you are flying with 15 people ( which is approx what these planes hold) , the option of dividing up the cost is always there.
Just maybe, Consider the experience of a lifetime; a European vacation with your significant other and your close friends/ family- Following your own flight schedule, packing all the luggage you want, and traveling in the ultimate comfort…well it might just be worth the cash in the end.
Bottom line, From a king air to a Gulfstream, flying private is flying private. And although it may cost a little extra,it can be affordable and priceless .
my top 5 reasons for utilizing this unique form of transportation is:
1. Saving time
2. Saving yourself from aggravation
3. Privacy/ security
4.Comfort
*5. Serious and outstanding customer service on and off the plane šŸ™‚

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About cobblestonesandheels1

Corporate flight attendant / travel coordinator Southern, CA. Originally from NY. but since home is where the heart is, mine is truly in the whole world. My favorite song and one i would dedicate to all my readers is: "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts"

Posted on December 7, 2011, in Corporate flight attendant and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. thefrenchcorner7690

    I am so enjoying your blog! I was a corporate flight attendant for over 6 years and quit at the beginning of this year thinking I might be ready to enter into another field of aviation as I just turned 40. Can’t tell you how I miss the flying and was actually browsing the internet looking for a job in corporate aviation once again when I came across your blog. I have started at the beginning and after every post, my heart years even more to return to flying! I have finished ready your 2011 posts and will resume with your 2012 posts tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your life in this manner. You are doing an awesome job of it!

    • HI! Thank you so much for your kind words and for reading my blogs!! Yes this industry is so addicting! I have left it and returned at one point because I missed it so much!
      I have other passions but this one is really the closest to my heart and love sharing my stories and advice!
      Thank you again šŸ˜‰
      Please feel free to comment anytime! Since you also know this industry, I welcome your input!
      Love,
      Cb&H

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